Winter is wonderful, but the cold weather can make those winter morning routines a serious challenge. Battling blizzards is one thing, but getting your kids into their snow gear and out of the house on time is an entirely different type of beast. In order to spare time and sanity as winter approaches, consider these tips and stay on track when the snow starts to fall this year.
Winterize Your Morning Routine
Since you need a lot more just to step out the front door during winter, it helps to prep and keep your snow shovels and car tools easily accessible during the morning, and keep coats, gloves and other outerwear by the door so you aren’t scrambling to bundle up before you have to go. Consider some home storage solutions like new shelves, cabinets and benches. Have a designated snow boot tray or rack by the front door or in the mudroom to quicken your exits in the morning and reduce mess.
Set Your Alarms 10 Minutes Early
The cold, dark winter mornings can make waking up even more difficult than usual. Instead of forcing yourself up right away, set your alarm clocks for 10 minutes earlier than you have to be out of bed so you can gradually wake up under the warm covers.
If it’s still too hard for you to find the motivation to rise before it’s even light out, consider buying a sunrise lamp like this one on Amazon. For under $50, you can find a good sunrise lamp that simulates the warm glow of morning without having to get out of bed to raise the blinds. You can also set your thermostat to warm the house a half an hour or so before you need to wake up. This will make pulling yourself from the warmth of your blankets a lot easier.
Utilize Your Garage
Many homeowners user their garage as a storage room, but during the winter, storing your car here can save precious time scraping ice and digging out tires. If you are able to park your car in your garage you’ll save time warming up the car and cleaning the windows from frost and snow. Don’t wait until the forecast is bad to make hasty home repairs. Fix that faulty door by hiring some professional garage door services.
When you plan ahead, you can spend your time enjoying the snowfall from your window with a nice cup of coffee instead of schlepping outside to shovel before work. With some early prep, you can save time on your winter morning routine. Make any home repairs and upgrades now so you can reap their full benefits throughout the season.